Other Awards: January 2008 Archives

Kanye takes five Chicago Music Awards

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Rapper Kanye West, who was nominated in five categories in the 27th annual Chicago Music Awards, captured all five Sunday night at the ceremony at Park West.

Sean Young has entered rehabilitation for alcohol abuse following a weekend outburst in which she was heckling from the audience at the Directors Guild of America awards.

A few quotes overhead at tonight's Screen Actors Guild Awards ...

Stars ogling stars, and other award-show moments

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie caused a stir among even their fellow stars as Hollywood's hottest couple made their way into tonight's Screen Actors Guild Awards.

"I've never been this close to them," gushed Eva Longoria, who craned her neck to catch a glimpse. "Oh my gosh, she's stunning."

Pitt and Jolie stayed on the other side of the carpet from most reporters, delighting screaming bleacher fans by signing autographs and posing for photos.

Strike, what strike? SAGs focus on glamor

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LOS ANGELES — The Screen Actors Guild Awards could have been a feisty labor rally, but turned out to be just another Hollywood back-patting ceremony.

The Writers Guild of America strike, which is nearing its third month and has disrupted TV and movie production, drew scant onstage mention at tonight's awards.

Daniel Day-Lewis dedicated his Screen Actors Guild Award to Heath Ledger.

Day-Lewis, who was honored Sunday as leading actor for his performance in "There Will Be Blood," gave an acceptance speech that echoed comments he made last week about Ledger, the 28-year-old Australian actor whose death stunned Hollywood, on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

"In 'Brokeback Mountain' he was unique, he was perfect," Day-Lewis said. "That scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything I think I've ever seen."

The SAG round-up: Winners, speeches, stars

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LOS ANGELES — "No Country for Old Men" emerged as the Oscars favorite Sunday by taking top honors for overall cast along with Javier Bardem's supporting-actor prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the lone gathering of A-list stars in an awards season hobbled by the writers strike.

Bardem had kind words for Joel and Ethan Coen, who directed "No Country" and adapted the screenplay from Cormac McCarthy's novel.

"Thank you, guys, for hiring me, and thank you for taking the hard work of choosing the good takes," Bardem said. The native of Spain won the same honor at the Golden Globes, and has been universally praised for his chilling role as a relentless killer tracking a fortune in missing drug money.

Down in front! Sean Young ejected from DGAs

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Anyone remember Sean Young? I mean, not for her wacky stunts — the whole Catwoman outfit when she tried to get that role in the "Batman" sequel, etc. — but as an actress? It was, after all, a long way down from the beauty of "Blade Runner" through "Stripes" and eventually "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective."

She was ejected last night from the Directors Guild Awards ceremony, apparently for drunkenly heckling someone at the podium.

Coen bros. take top directors award

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LOS ANGELES — Joel and Ethan Coen won the top prize from the Directors Guild of America on Saturday for "No Country for Old Men," giving them the inside track for the same honor at the Academy Awards — assuming the Oscars go on amid the writers strike.

"Oh, we get two of them," Ethan Coen said when he and his brother were presented with their trophies.

Sunday's SAGs expect a 'bittersweet' success

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LOS ANGELES — It’s usually a familiar sight during Hollywood’s awards season: miles of red carpet dotted with scores of superstars in their finest designer duds.

But with the Golden Globes reduced to a press conference and the fate of the Oscars still in question, Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards will bring the first — and possibly only — dose of Tinseltown glamour for an industry subdued by the writers strike.

‘‘We’re the only big-time televised awards show on TV this year, so we’ll get a lot of viewers,’’ said SAG President Alan Rosenberg. ‘‘It’s kind of a bittersweet thing. Nobody wants to be in the position we’re in.’’

Reasons to watch the SAG Awards on Sunday

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The Globes got the shaft, and we still don't know whether we'll have a real Oscars show or not. So get your red carpet fix this weekend at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The actors union got the go-ahead from its brethren in the striking writers union, so this telecast will have written jokes and speeches — and truckloads of stars, at long last!

Tune in at 7 p.m. Sunday on either of two cable networks, TBS or TNT. TV Guide's channel has a preview at 3 p.m., and E's starts at 4 p.m.; both do red-carpet coverage at 5 p.m.

Why should you tune in? Some darn good reasons ...

Tom Cruise set to present at Sunday SAGs

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Tom Cruise is set to be a presenter at the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony Sunday, joining a roster of A-listers appearing on the show.

Cruise, a three-time Oscar and SAG Awards nominee, will help hand out the coveted Actor trophies at the Shrine Auditorium.

Look! An award show with actual stars!

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Russell Crowe, Kate Beckinsale and John Travolta will be among the stars set to present trophies at this weekend's Screen Actors Guild Awards, officials said Monday.

Crowe, Beckinsale and Travolta will be joined at Sunday's awards ceremony by Debra Messing, Tommy Lee Jones, Terrence Howard, Nikki Blonsky and Holly Hunter, SAG officials said.

Previously announced presenters include Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Emile Hirsch and Burt Reynolds at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.


LOS ANGELES — Advice for actors looking to get nominated for worst performance: multiple roles help.

Lindsay Lohan and Eddie Murphy scored multiple nominations today for the Razzies, which sort out the worst that Hollywood dredged up the previous year.

‘‘Ratatouille’’ and ‘‘Once’’ warmed the hearts of moviegoers and critics alike — and now, they’ve taken top honors in the ninth annual Golden Tomato Awards.

The Golden Tomato Awards pay tribute to the best-reviewed films of the previous year as determined by the Web site RottenTomatoes.com, which compiles reviews from print, online and broadcast film critics to measure the percentage of favorable critiques.

WGA scaling back its own awards show

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While the writers strike continues to cause turmoil throughout awards season, the ceremony will go on for the Writers Guild of America — albeit scaled down considerably.

LONDON — The tragic period romance ‘‘Atonement’’ dominated the race for the British Academy Film Awards, with nominations in 14 categories, including best picture, actor, actress and director.

‘‘No Country for Old Men,’’ ‘‘There Will Be Blood’’ and ‘‘The Bourne Ultimatum’’ also received multiple nods for Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars, organizers announced this morning.

The crime tale ‘‘No Country for Old Men,’’ the historical epic ‘‘There Will Be Blood’’ and the teen-pregnancy comedy ‘‘Juno’’ were among the Producers Guild of America nominees today for best film of 2007.

While the Writers Guild of America continues its strike, throwing much of awards season into question, it still has some awards of its own to hand out.

The WGA today announced its nominees for the most outstanding achievements in writing for the screen in the past year. Among the nominees for best original screenplay were stripper-turned-scribe Diablo Cody for the teen pregnancy comedy ‘‘Juno,’’ and Tony Gilroy, who wrote and directed ‘‘Michael Clayton,’’ about a fixer at an upscale New York law firm.

Performers set for Chicago Music Awards

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R&B entertainer Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites. Phil Guy & The Blues Machine, country singer Dayna Malow, spoken-word superstar Malik Yusef and house music disciple Screamin’ Rachel have been announced as the performers at the 27th annual Chicago Music Awards, Jan. 27 at Park West, 322 W. Armitage.

Winners in Globes, Oscar woes? Spirits and SAGs

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The de-glitzing of the Golden Globes has been a blow to everyone from movie marketers to caterers. But could it lift award shows that aren’t hit by the strike? The Film Independent Spirit Awards and the SAG Awards, both of which have been granted WGA waivers, could find themselves reaping the fruits of a Globes downsizing in media attention, TV ratings and advertising revenue.

Retooled telecast for People's Choice Awards tanks

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What happens to an awards show forced to scuttle its live ceremony because of the Hollywood writers strike? For the People’s Choice Awards, it meant losing nearly half its TV audience.

The two-hour taped show that aired Tuesday on CBS was watched by 6 million viewers, compared with the 11.3 million that watched last year, according to Nielsen Media Research figures.

The stars of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" were among the fan favorites at the 34th annual People's Choice Awards tonight, as CBS scrapped its usual live broadcast of the show in favor of a strike-friendly, pre-taped program. ...

DGA nominations include Penn, Coens

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Sean Penn earned a nomination today as best filmmaker from the Directors Guild of America for his tragic road tale ‘‘Into the Wild,’’ along with Joel and Ethan Coen for their bloody crime saga ‘‘No Country for Old Men.’’ ...

When award shows suffer, films suffer

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"The season of trophies is truly a season in hell."

That's Sean Penn, quoted in USA Today, describing this November-March run we chronicle so lovingly here at The Gold Rush. But Penn also went on to admit understanding of what these shows are really all about — promoting the film's he and other filmmakers craft so lovingly. Awards shows, he says, get "butts in seats."

But if there are no — or at least fewer, or scaled-back — awards shows, earnings will suffer, which is why many in Hollywood are glum over the Globes news ... and worried about the Oscars. ...

No pickets at tonight's Critics Choice Awards

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. — With no picket signs in sight, stars were free to attend the Critics’ Choice Awards tonight.

The Writers Guild of America strike, which began Nov. 5, has effectively shut down Hollywood and cast a pall over Tinseltown’s awards season. But the Critics’ Choice Awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, isn’t covered by guild contracts. ...

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